Time to vote Trump out of office

By Jerry Yeargin
Posted 1/17/20

The reckless President Donald J. Trump may have blown any chance he had for reelection. His headstrong and heedless assassination of a top Iranian general and his staff was surely done against the advice of American generals, who knew the Iranians would be honor-bound to retaliate.

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Time to vote Trump out of office

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The reckless President Donald J. Trump may have blown any chance he had for reelection. His headstrong and heedless assassination of a top Iranian general and his staff was surely done against the advice of American generals, who knew the Iranians would be honor-bound to retaliate.

Trump's summary execution of those Iranian officers in Iraq, without consulting Congress or the Iraqi government, was an undeclared act of war and possibly a war crime. It was the bloody result of his rejection of President Obama's nuclear treaty with Iran, in favor of a policy of confrontation. Trump's brutal action shows his willingness to risk American lives and take us to the brink of disaster to divert attention from his impeachment.

Regardless of the impeachment outcome, Trump has now gone too far even for some Republicans. It is one thing for him to extort the president of Ukraine for his own political advantage. It is something else entirely for Trump to try to start a war in the Middle East in order to tighten his grip on power.

Many voters are beginning to realize that most of what this president has done in international affairs has benefited just one country, and it isn't the United States. Trump has thrown out decades of foreign policy gains and wrecked American credibility - to the delight of Russia.

The House of Representatives is considering action to deny funds for more military strikes against Iran. Further attacks would only add to the many blunders by Trump that have been making Russia great again. Vladimir Putin has gained more power in this region and in Ukraine with every month since Trump has been in office. Is that a coincidence?

As president, Trump has never missed an opportunity to throw his weight around. Now he seems to be looking for an excuse to throw away trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in a war with Iran, to try to save his presidency at any cost.

Despite the resistance in Congress to his aggression, Trump continues to raise the stakes in this dispute. Ominously, he has warned that "this conflict is not over." His self-serving actions could eventually result in thousands of casualties not just in Iran and Iraq, but in America.

Trump is playing with fire. It is time for Americans to draw a line in the sand right here at home, and send a message loud and clear to Trump and the Republicans: "No more war for oil!"

The Republicans who are running the Senate trial will not vote to convict and remove this dangerous president. They will not even allow witnesses if they can avoid it. But after Trump's surprise attack in Iraq, which was apparently based on trumped-up evidence, many worried Americans have had enough. I believe voters will decide to dump Trump in November - in a landslide.

Jerry Yeargin lives in Taos County.

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